Santa Fe loads up on safety
The 2019 Santa Fe is bigger, better, faster, stronger, safer and more fuel-efficient. Such improvement has become standard fare for Hyundai.
After several hundred kilometres at the wheel of two trim levels of the new fourthgeneration Santa Fe, my driving partner and I could find little, actually nothing, to fault.
Built in Alabama, the new Santa Fe comes in Essential ($29,000), Preferred ($35,100), Ultimate ($41,900), and Luxury ($45,000) trim levels — designations that will henceforth be used throughout all Hyundai vehicles. The company expects the majority of customers to select the Preferred model.
Built on what Hyundai refers to as the SuperStructure platform, the 2019 Santa Fe is new from road to roof. It is 70 mm longer, 65-90 kilos lighter, 15 mm taller, 10 mm wider, and rides on a 65 mm longer wheelbase. As well as a stylish new look inside and out, it boasts a raft of new technologies and safety features.
Standard or available technologies include: heads-up display, heated front/rear seats, ventilated front seats with integrated memory, surround view monitor, rain-sensing wipers, LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, rear window sunshades, hands-free smart liftgate, and side mirror approach lights
Hyundai executives here for the unveil of the new Santa Fe and restyled Elantra, said safety is rapidly moving up the list of “wants” for new vehicle buyers. Accordingly, it has equipped the new Santa Fe with a full array of them.
Standard or available safety features include: blind spot avoidance, surround view monitor, lane keep assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, rear crosstraffic alert and avoidance, automatic high beams, park distance warning and adaptive cruise control.
The new stronger structure, combined with these active and passive safety features, should ensure the highest safety rating when the 2019 Santa Fe is subjected to NHTSA (National